There are a reasonable number of suppliers for your letterpress needs. This limited list is based on personal recommendations. Please contact me if you want to recommend a supplier or want to be added. The Letterpress Alive site provides a more comprehensive list of current suppliers.
Quions, Keys, Composing Sticks
Dave Kearley at DD Metal Products in Bishop’s Stortford make metal letterpress supplies including new quoin keys, composing sticks and tympan bars, plus offer serviced and cleaned quoins.
Tony Wood, Leeds: 0113 260 6134 — http://www.impression-works.co.uk/
Rollers for common hand presses are available from a number of UK sources. Try Adana’s parent company — Caslon.
Printers’ Suppliers: Paper, Inks, Card
Gemini Printers’ Supplies offer a comprehensive catalogue of different papers, and also supply letterpress inks and some other sundries.
Composing Room Stores
Mr Julius Stafford-Baker, a great letterpress advocate and hands-on helper, has launched the first 21st Century store selling 19th Century equipment with his Composing Room Stores. You can order many of the requsites of the letterpress printer from him — furniture and leading, packing and quoins. You can also hire single words (properly ‘sorts’) from him in fancy types.
The Logan Press
Patrick Roe runs a Monotype operation; a letterpress printing works; and also a service to move and restore machinery! Have a look at http://www.theloganpress.co.uk for details.
Alderson & Co
Alderson & CO Limited specialise in all things letterpress. Full Restoration, Sales, Service, Breakdown and Relocation of all Letterpress Machinery. Contact Neil Alderson on 07834045453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caslon, Adana’s parent company, are again producing Adana machines and all the associated equipment and supplies.
France-based supplier of renovated Adana machines. http://adanashop.info/